NASA Artemis I Moon Mission, Image/NASA
Engineers Assess Data After Launch Delay:
Engineers are evaluating data gathered during the Artemis I launch attempt Monday, Aug. 29, when teams could not get the rocket’s engines to the proper temperature range required to start the engines at liftoff, and ran out of time in the two-hour launch window to continue.
Officially defined by NASA as the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will enable human exploration to the Moon and then to Mars, the the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, known as Artemis I, will be launched to the moon:
“Artemis I will be the first in a series of increasingly complex missions to build a long-term human presence at the Moon for decades to come.
The primary goals for Artemis I are to demonstrate Orion’s systems in a spaceflight environment and ensure a safe re-entry, descent, splashdown, and recovery prior to the first flight with crew on Artemis II.”
NASA will cover prelaunch, launch, and postlaunch activities for Artemis I, the first integrated test of NASA’s Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, and the ground systems at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This uncrewed flight test around the Moon will later make it feasible for a future crewed flight test and human lunar exploration.